No compromise, enough of the lies,

Yet again another church is planning to vote on Gay Marriage, this time the Church of Scotland and it looks like they may succeed in passing this through.  I for one am praying for big changes in mindsets this week before they vote. Is anyone else getting weary of this roundabout, of let’s water down our faith for fear of being seen as homophobic?

God tells us in his word that homosexuality is wrong.  Why then are we bowing to pressure from secular society to allow gay people to marry in church?  People, this is our faith, this is what our God calls us to, to be obedient, to teach the truth, to save lives for his Kingdom.  #nocompromise

 #NOCOMPROMISE

No compromise, enough of the lies, enough of us bowing to secular pressure, no more, speak up and speak out, this is our faith, God is not to be taken for a fool, he has given us rules to live our lives by, wake up, smell the coffee, it’s Satan who lies, he seeks to infiltrate our lives, our church, stand strong, don’t allow him a sphere of influence, don’t let him create an ambiguous message that leaves our generation in a mess, giving them more and leaving them less, it’s not about free grace, it’s about seeking God’s face, Jesus never said it’d be easy, stop looking for easy answers and start asking questions, God how can I be a blessing to this generation who have their eyes on the destination but their hearts on earthly lusts, how can we show them to trust in your word, let us speak truthfully, give us the ability to reach out to those we see struggling with unanswered questions, give us patience as we repeat ourselves over again, each time the bible is brought into question let me never fail to mention that this is it, this is the God breathed truth, my working manual, my guide, don’t let them ride roughshod over your word, let my voice be heard, as I stand up for your word, if you want to be a child of God sometimes it’s going to be quite hard, sometimes you’ll need to change your ways, obedience is all he requires, and God is all my heart desires

I am far more than my past and will be so much more in my future

Was reading this verse today and realised that it means that even adversity is used to achieve God’s plans for our lives.  So, what the enemy means for harm, God uses for our good, to build us and lead us to greater things.  We are called for a purpose and whatever happens, I believe God will get us back on track and in the right place, as we are obedient and love him before all other things.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose

 NO STOPPING ME

You can’t stop me, throw me a curve ball and I’ll throw it back to you, mock me and taunt me and I’ll block my ears to you, speak lies and deceit to me and I’ll tighten my belt of truth, tell me I’m not good enough and I’ll show you my breastplate of righteousness, as you try and get into my head, your words of elation are blocked by my helmet of salvation, wipe that smile off your face, no matter how much hate you put in my path I will laugh without fear, cos my God is near to me, my shield, my fortress, I have been called according to his purpose, I will not be defeated, I will not fail, I am far more than my past and will be so much more in my future, I am a new creature, child of God and no matter how hard you try to knock me off balance I will not be challenged, if God is for me who can be against, he is my strength and my defender, I am his daughter, his beloved, his splendour

Where are the loyal, where are those who do right? 

In response to a TV interview I saw today stating that the church is homophobic because of the stance it takes against Gay Marriage I have written this.  I was drawn to Micah as I started thinking about this topic and just felt there was so much which Micah wrote which is as relevant today as it was when he wrote it.

SEND FORTH

Truth and justice, send forth your Spirit, where are the loyal, where are those who do right?  Where are those who are not deceived, those who have openly received your word, where’s the respect, where are the obedient, stand up, move out of the darkness, the Lord is your light, stand up for all that is good and right, do not be disgraced and put to shame, claim the love of God, claim his forgiveness and turn your witness back to his saving grace, fear him as you seek his face, there is no one like him, we are all that are left of his chosen people, come, bring your offering to our King, see that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, learn to humbly submit and obey your God, guard your thoughts, protect your mind, bind his word on your heart, fasten his words around your neck, don’t let the world affect your stand, let God’s hand guide you, let his love fill you, we will never change this world by staying silent, don’t relent, don’t be content with mediocre, for sure that’s how Satan will choke us, church stand up, arise, fix your eyes firmly on your God, the truth is what will set us free, not liberality, stand up, unite, hold fast to God’s teaching, courageously be bold in your public speaking, for God is not seeking to hurt or shame, God is not looking to pile on the blame, his desire that we speak truth in love, his desire that not one of us be lost, he is the Lord, he is gathering his people to bring them home, the lame and the outcasts, the lost, no matter the cost he gives us the courage to speak about justice, to speak of sin, the Lord is on your side, no harm will come near, filled with his Spirit speak without fear

Don’t let me take the reins and gallop in the wrong direction

I was listening to the Casting Crowns song – Love you with the Truth today.  These lyrics are powerful:

When we love, we earn the right to speak the truth When we speak truth, we show the world we truly love I’m not pointing my finger, I’m holding out my hand I lay it all on the line now to see God save my friend Let my life and my words be the proof I’m gonna love you with the truth

As Christians God calls us to speak in truth.  Sometimes that’s tough.  Sometimes we shy away from that conversation with a friend for fear of looking like we are judging or meddling.  But should we stand by and watch our friends floundering or walking down the wrong path.  When friends are unable to make sense of things should we step in with support and encouragement.

I think that’s exactly what God calls us to do.  Let me be the first to say to my friends, love me with God’s truth.

LOVE ME WITH THE TRUTH

Love me with God’s truth, I beg you don’t stand and watch me fail, don’t ignore my actions, don’t ignore my pain, don’t let me take the reins and gallop in the wrong direction, I’m not adverse to some Godly correction, I have no fear of open talk, I won’t balk at your support when you court me with the truth, when you speak of obedience I won’t go on the defensive, I’m here to learn, I’m here to grow, I don’t pretend to know it all so if I fall (and fall I may) don’t stay silent, don’t spend your days questioning your motives, when you speak in love the truth is a gesture, a hand outstretched to a friend, I don’t see it as judgmental in fact it’s fundamental to our calling to support those who are in danger of falling, when I stand too close to the edge, provide a hedge of love around me, speak lovingly remembering these words, God is the truth living in me, God is truth and the truth sets us free.

 

Avoid the temptation to trade fundamental truths for approval

Are we scared to speak out?  Are there times where someone says something about Christianity and we try and merge into the background, not wanting to comment for fear of judgment or ridicule?  Are there times we avoid those conversations altogether, steering the conversation away from anything challenging?

Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats refuses to answer directly the question, does he think homosexuality is a sin.  Tim is a Christian politician and avoids the direct question by answering that we are all sinners, which is indeed the truth.  But how much stronger would his message be if he spoke out about his beliefs and the word of God.  God tells us it is a sin and if we are followers of God then we are called to be obedient to his word.  More important than calling out people’s sin is the message that we should not judge, God calls us to love others as we love ourselves, to forgive others as God forgives us and to be salt and light in this frail world.

I’m not condemning Tim, indeed he has been open about his faith, I’m just maybe a tad frustrated that we are so beaten down by the secular world we seek to fit in with their views rather than shout out God’s message of love and salvation from the rooftops!

2 Timothy 1:8 – So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God

Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

RUFFLE SOME FEATHERS

Don’t conform, born into this world not to fit in but to ruffle feathers, not born simply to indulge in earthly pleasures, born to fulfil a plan, born of man but a citizen of heaven, stand firm in your faith, avoid temptation to trade fundamental truths for approval, renewal of the mind is liberating,  negotiating life’s potholes not a problem when moving in the right direction, swimming against the tide it’s better to abide in God’s truth alone than stand with a crowd who will never know him, I have absolutely no desire to fit, refusing to let the world corrupt me, God didn’t make me different to be indifferent, he didn’t give me freedom so that I would join those beaten down by the need to conform, harmony with the enemy not part of my story, I will never influence the world by trying to be like it, never effect change if I remain silent, I won’t be compliant or anxious to match my opinions to earthly dominions, I am a Christian, proud of the Gospel, stand with me in truth for the fight is colossal.

Victory may be on its way but for today we are silent

A day of waiting, a day of rest, Saturday the Jewish Sabbath, the day that Jesus body lay at rest in the tomb, undisturbed and alone.  A day his disciples and followers would reflect on the events of Good Friday.  Did they weep and mourn, did sadness overwhelm them?  This was the day before their understanding would be complete. The day before their joy would overflow.  The day before the world changed forever, how did they feel? 

THE DAY BEFORE

The day before the sun rose again, the day after you hid your face, so much left to say, reflecting on the day we lost him, contemplating our loss, thinking of his body on the cross, sadness overwhelms, what do all the realms of glory have to say?  Victory may be on its way but for today we are silent, we sit in quiet reflection not knowing of the resurrection to come, the wondrous truth to come of an empty tomb, the news that the Lord himself has gone before us to conquer death and sin has not sunk in, we sit and wait, we sit and mourn, remembering his words but not comprehending, it is finished was his cry, not the ending but the beginning, we may be bereft and hurting but tomorrow hearts will be stirring as the wondrous truth sinks in that Jesus Christ is risen, death where is your sting?

Someone did what you asked them to do

When God endorses you and shows you through someone else that you are on the right track wow, now that is priceless.  This morning God used someone else to answer my questions to him and to build me up.  Funny, before that happened I was praying over the verse in 1 Thessalonians that encourages us to do just that:

1 Thessalonians 5:11 -Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

So don’t ever doubt God’s prompting, if he is telling you to encourage someone with a word, a verse or something else, do it, it’s great to give and great to receive.

And for those who know me via this Blog you won’t be surprised that this word was an encouragement to keep on speaking the truth about faith and sexuality, to keep fighting the enemy on this and to shine God’s light into every corner of every broken heart until the truth is seen, and let’s face it, the truth is all that can set us free.

ELEVATED

Elevated, lifted high because someone looked me in the eye and spoke for you, someone did what you asked them to do, it touched my heart, set me apart, rekindled my spark into a flame, life will never be the same, I sang and danced as the words exploded in my mind, God knows me, he’s heard my cry, all the time I was asking why, or how, or is this right, he heard me in the dark of the night he felt my fears, my concerns, the burning questions in my mind, he saw how I strived to find the answers and then in a blink of an eye he responded, priceless, an endorsement from God on high, a feeling of elation, a day of celebration, expectations heightened as God has lightened my load, showed me that yes it will still be hard but God gets that and will guard my heart, God knows yet wants me to go on, to speak of the love of his precious Son, to never give up pursuing the prodigals whose lives have been targeted by the devil himself, to speak of God’s immense love, to stand testimony to the difference God makes in our lives, to bring his word to life, to speak of all that he has done, to bring each and every prodigal home, where God’s rejoicing will know no bounds as each that was lost can declare, I am found.